McCarney, I agree with the points you made in your post. It is disgusting that there is still monuments celebrating people that have done terrible things to our history. It only fuels more anger towards the government from the American people. It adds to the level of not feeling a sense of belonging because of the hate the statues represent. If…[Read more]
Caleigh, your post is very well written. I liked how you included personal comments about your own struggles. This is exactly what the world of mental health needs- transparency and the ability to openly discuss these personal issues. I too have been offended by the “kill yourself” memes and jokes that pop up around our society. It is incredibly…[Read more]
Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder characterized by delusions, hallucinations, difficulties in social situations, and a variety of mood swings. Treated with antipsychotics that “dampen only the most overt s
Quenshawn, your poem told a great story. It was powerful and although I cannot relate to your possible first person narrative, I feel as though your words connect with readers. It created a vivid image in my head and that is something that is a commendable ability to have when it comes to writing poetry. Keep writing! You’ve got something great…[Read more]
Parker, you cited your sources very nicely! I agree 100% with everything you said. One thing that makes it difficult when it comes to targeting the issue of climate change is that people don’t believe in it, or more specifically, the people in charge of our country. It is obvious to those who “believe” in climate change that had a very devastating…[Read more]
It is completely mind boggling that mental illness is still only slowly being acknowledged. But the general public is unaware of all of the alternative approaches to alleviating symptoms of moderate to severe
I really enjoyed what you wrote because most writing I have seen about mental illness is about what it is and how it affects you. I like how you took the stance of what kind of medication people are using or if they are going to therapy. I think there are many ways to deal with mental illness, including exercise, meditation, or even spending time with positive people in your life. Here is an article I found that might help you along the way during your writing. It is specifically about meditation. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2014/01/07/260470831/mindfulness-meditation-can-help-relieve-anxiety-and-depression
Thank you for sharing!
I am really surprised by this post. It is upsetting to know that mental health is not seen as a bigger issue in our world. As a person who deals with depression and anxiety who uses prescriptions and therapy to cope with things, it is scary to know that they are not fully for sure what these drugs are doing to my brain, and the long term affects they will have on my life. I struggled with starting meds due to “the quick fix pill” that you stated above, and I think there are many other ways to help cope with these conditions, and agree with you that even though taking a pill might make things better for right now, but it won’t help in the long term. I found this article written by the Mayo Clinic that talks about exercise and the positive attributes it can bring to dealing with mental health, and thought you would enjoy it!
Shahadah, I really enjoyed this post. It gave me insight to the traditional lifestyle of a Muslim household. I have attended Catholic school my whole life so I have never really been given the chance to understand the life of a Muslim. My favorite part of your short passage was when you said “I am from a home where we remove our shoes upon first…[Read more]
Beth, great post! I enjoyed how you added statistics to back up your claim. I think people often overlook the foster care system because they don’t know enough information about it. They quickly look to adoption instead of fostering a child. I also liked Pamela Campbells quote when she compared the foster care system to an asthma attack- that…[Read more]
The first step to healing the mind is defined by the desire to act on healing. In order to do this, those who suffer mental illness must be willing and open to be helped. In some cases, taking medication longterm
This post was really interesting to me. I never really thought about the harm that a anti-depressant and it’s great that our mind can be healed by our bodies. I think one of the best ways to ease depression is therapy. I believe it is best to talk to someone, whether it be a therapist, a parent, a friend, one of those “safeutah” people (for example) that are always there to text you back when you need help, etc. Even writing down problems and maybe even just talking them out loud to yourself can help improve your outlook on the problem. There are even different types of therapy: https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/what-types-psychotherapy-are-helpful-anxiety-and-depression
Thanks for sharing your findings!
Lauren, this post is very interesting, and I think you did a great job at researching the topic. I completely agree that ant-depressant’s can be harmful and it is important to explore other options before instantly going on pills. I think pills should be more of a last resort because it is better to find ways to help yourself before turning to medication. Not to say anti-depressants are bad, because I also believe that they are truly helpful and have helped a lot of people through mental illness. I found an article relating to your topic from Boston University that I think you might find interesting: https://cpr.bu.edu/resources/newsletter/alternative-approaches-mental-health-care/
Anais, I really enjoyed reading your post. Its always interesting to hear about other students lives in different states. I can relate to the feelings of loss when it comes to older friends graduating. But soon that will be you! I enjoyed this post mostly because your word usage points to a certain cheery tone. This is an effective way of keeping…[Read more]
Ed, nice post! I enjoyed how you presented the information and discussed the psychological effects media has on us. I feel that there are many benefits and downfalls of social media and it seems that you have highlighted some of these too. I think you could expand on this post and elaborate on the psychological effects that media has on the brain.…[Read more]
The concern of abortion is still very present in todays society, especially as Trump continues to be against it. Republicans are known to the pro-life and continue to enforce that as they attempt to shut down
I agree that there are many issues and benefits to technology. Personally, when I take a step back and look at it, all I can see are issues. Although it may be an entertaining source, the psychological issues that arise with phones is causing a depletion in the way we communicate, our social skills, and the interactions between people. I…[Read more]
I enjoyed reading your post about the changing view on what an American is. I agree with the fact that it has morphed into this idea that we are just hiding what we really have to say as Americans. One thing that resonated with me from your post was when you explained how those who came to the US illegally have a different view on America.…[Read more]
Today it is more common for news to be hurtful than it is to be reassuring. People would rather hear gossip and scandal than they would something exciting or beneficial. Recent examples from current society
Devin, I agree with all the points you made. I think that marijuana is extremely helpful in the medicinal sense, ranging from strains made for chronic pain to mental illness. One think that I understand about the anti-marijuana side is that the abuse of any kind of drug is harmful. When it comes to teens having access to marijuana, there has been…[Read more]
Maxwell, I enjoyed your opinions very much. I agree with the part that expresses the idea that humans enjoy “crying at a friend’s funeral, or grieving over a breakup.” I think one element that is also involved in this is the attention one receives from expressing their negative emotions. People are much more interested in others sadness than they…[Read more]
The idea of political socialization is a huge part of our society today. By definition, political socialization is “the process by which people form their ideas and values about politics.” The many influences that
As many of us have experienced, nature can positively affect our happiness and overall state of mind through the beautiful sights we see and the beneficial chemical processes that nature brings. “Scientists are
I am interested with your post because it had really caught my attention about nature vs the brain, I really love the nature and being outside in the forest or woods because it brings this calm to me and takes me too a whole other world. I agree with you one hundred percent because to be able to be free mentally you have to let your eyes see a whole different type of place a beautiful natural area to let yourself see as far as your eyes can see.
One thing that had really stood out to me was when you said ” our happiness and overall state of mind through the beautiful sights we see and the beneficial chemical processes that nature brings.”this really reminds me of me when I get somewhere that is full of trees and all green plants around me. I feel free when I see all this room to do whatever I please to do and no one ever tells me anything.
Noor, your post is very well written. I especially like the part where you stated “The concept of the freedom of speech is only possible if you believe it’s for everyone to have and not just for certain people.” This stands out because people will practice their freedom of speech but find it difficult to accept that others have that right too. I t…[Read more]
This is a youth-powered social network that was started in 2003 by a group of teachers from local sites of the National Writing Project.
We merged several earlier blogging projects. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. It's easier for individual students to read and write about their own passions, to connect with other students, comment on each other's work, and create multimedia posts for each other. Further, it's been exciting for us to pool our knowledge about curriculum, connected learning, and digital literacies.
If being part of such a community makes sense to you, we invite you to join us. We welcome all youth and any teacher interested in having students publish online and participate in the give and take of a social network like Youth Voices.